Saddling up for bike challenge

Dated: 29/05/2013'Leadng the Charge.... Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Jim Mackey (Blue top) gets behind their "Cycle to Work" scheme cycling from his Northumberland home to Northumbria House HQ. With Sadthish Sethuraman (hi vis) Karl McCracken from Sustrans cycle charity and Tony Parker Payroll officer (red trousers) #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Dated: 29/05/2013'Leadng the Charge.... Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Jim Mackey (Blue top) gets behind their "Cycle to Work" scheme cycling from his Northumberland home to Northumbria House HQ. With Sadthish Sethuraman (hi vis) Karl McCracken from Sustrans cycle charity and Tony Parker Payroll officer (red trousers) #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

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A chief executive saddled up to a challenge and got on his bike to encourage staff to think about alternative forms of transport.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Jim Mackey got in the saddle as part of National Bike Week, from June 15 to 23.

He cycled 13 miles from his home to the trust’s offices at Cobalt Business Park in North Shields, joined by the trust’s travel plan co-ordinator Sathish Sethuraman, bicycle champion and payroll officer Tony Parker and Karl McCracken, workplace co-ordinator at sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Jim said: “I was pleased to be able to get out on my bike and travel to work on two wheels instead of four.

“I appreciate it’s often difficult for people to fit exercise into their busy days with work and family commitments.

“However, I would urge people to try and fit it in where they can.

“Cycling to work is a great way of doing that as it is incorporated into people’s everyday lives.”